Independent judicial systems are the key to combating corruption
There is great demand for Finnish expertise in the field of the rule of law around the world. The Rule of Law Centre, established jointly by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the University of Helsinki, supports the implementation of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in developing countries.
Iraqi and Afghan youth are motivated by a desire to promote peace
The Department for Communications of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is carrying out projects that encourage young people in Iraq and Afghanistan to promote peace and reconciliation. Hundreds of young people express their interest in participating in peace work through the projects annually. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs launched the Support Afghanistan Livelihoods and Mobility project called Salam in 2019 and commissioned Måndag to implement the project.
Enhancing opportunities for Roma participation essential in European Roma policy
According to the Government Report on Human Rights Policy, Finland emphasises the rights of the Roma in its European human rights activities. Finland has long been a high-profile political and financial supporter of Roma activities in European intergovernmental organisations.
Internal border control reinstated for traffic between Finland and all Schengen countries on 28 December — travellers are advised to check the guidelines
The Government decided to reintroduce internal border control at Finland’s borders starting on Tuesday 28 December. The Government decided on the new restrictions at its session on 28 December. The decision will remain in force until 16 January 2022.
Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on travel
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected tourism in many ways, and even experienced travellers may encounter unexpected situations. We recommend that you plan and find out about matters in advance to make sure that your journey proceeds as planned. The Consular Services of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs approaches travellers in a letter with a number of tips on how to cope in various situations.
“I am a living example of forgiveness”
A tragic accident in Abdirizak Warsame Ahmed’s childhood caused him to lose both of his hands. Instead of being discouraged, he turned the accident into a resource. The boy with no hands grew up to be a man who now lives in Mogadishu and travels around Somalia spreading the message of hope and peace. Ahmed is a participant in the Foreign Ministry’s pro-peace communication project.
Restrictions on entry at Finland’s external borders to continue and health security measures to be tightened
In line with the Government decision of 16 December, the restrictions on entry at Finland’s external borders will continue and health security measures will be tightened as of 20 December. The decision will remain in force until 16 January 2022
A global and open internet prevents confrontation and strengthens the realisation of human rights
Finland has chaired the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) in 2021. The Chairship culminated in a Ministerial Meeting on the state and future of an open and safe internet in December, hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto.
EU training mission in Mozambique begins – Finland to join the mission
The province of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique has been under attack by Islamic insurgents for more than four years. Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, Ambassador of Finland to Mozambique, explains what is happening in Cabo Delgado and why it is important for Finland to participate in the EU training mission.
Message from Finland: Santa reassures kids that Christmas deliveries will happen as planned
In the lead-up to Christmas 2021, Santa and Mrs Claus have confirmed that the distribution of presents will go ahead as planned, and that the delivery route includes all locations around the globe, regardless of the coronavirus situation.
Nina Nordström and Päivi Kairamo to promote Council of Europe work against corruption and terrorism
New Finnish chairs were appointed to two committees of the Council of Europe in the same week of November. Ambassador Nina Nordström, Finland’s Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, was elected President of the Statutory Committee of the Council of Europe anti-corruption body, GRECO. Ambassador Päivi Kairamo will again chair the Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism (CDT) in 2022.
Finland elected among leaders of a democracy organisation
Finland has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) for 2022. International IDEA is a leading intergovernmental democracy organisation, which produces background information and gives expert advice in approximately 50 countries, for example in questions related to electoral and constitution building processes. The organisation recently published its Global State of Democracy 2021 report.
A passport is an important document for travellers — still, it is often forgotten or lost
Are you planning to travel abroad? The Foreign Ministry’s Consular Services want to remind travellers of the importance of a passport. This letter gives tips on what to do if you lose your passport during your journey.
Avoid all travel to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mosambik ja Malawi
Based on the recommendations of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs recommends avoiding all travel to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mosambik and Malawi
Satu Santala appointed Associate Vice-President at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development
Satu Santala, Director General of the Department for Development Policy in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has been appointed Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). IFAD is a specialised agency of the UN.
Cooperation between Finland and Kenya to eliminate gender-based violence
Finland and Kenya are cooperating to reduce violence against women and girls in Kenya, where gender-based violence has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. With Finland’s support, Kenya also aims to increase the number of women in leadership positions.
Advance voting abroad in Finland's county elections in 2022
County elections will be held in Finland on Sunday 23 January 2022. The advance voting period is from 12 to 18 January 2022 in Finland and from 12 to 15 January 2022 abroad. The advance polling stations abroad will be located in Finland's diplomatic and consular missions or their offices in 71 different countries. A total of 97 advance polling stations will be open abroad.
Advance information on application for project support open to Finnish civil society organisations for 2023–2026
In January 2022, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will open a call for proposals for project support available for Finnish civil society organisations (CSOs). The application period will be open from 24 January to 4 March 2022. During that time, applications can be submitted for discretionary government grants for development cooperation projects in 2023–2026. The actual call for applications together with the assessment criteria will be published when the call for applications opens on 24 January 2022. The support is granted from the development cooperation appropriations for Finnish CSOs’ development cooperation.
Toward school meals to all
Barley porridge, macaroni casserole and chicken fricassee - Finns are familiar with the classics of school meals. The international goal now is to include all the world’s children in school feeding by 2030. Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari, who serves as the World Food Programme (WFP) School Meals Champion, explains why school meals pay off.
Defending human rights in online environment – Finland organises a virtual Freedom Online Conference
Finland holds the Chairship of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) in 2021. In this capacity, Finland will organise a virtual Freedom Online Conference from 30 November to 3 December 2021, which celebrates FOC’s 10th anniversary. The Conference will culminate with a virtual FOC Ministerial Meeting, hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto.
Finland focuses on climate change adaptation and expertise at the UN Climate Change Conference
The Parties to the UN Climate Change Agreement will meet in Glasgow, Great Britain on 31 October–12 November. One of the conference's key themes is adaptation to climate change and its funding, especially in developing countries. The least developed countries and the poorest people suffer the most from the impacts of climate change even though they contribute to it the least.
Policy Guidance on AI for Children piloted in different parts of the world
Policy Guidance on AI for Children, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF in partnership with Finland, was piloted by companies and public sector operators around the world during 2021. The second version of the guidance will be drafted on the basis of the results of the piloting and published in November 2021.
Respond to the European Commission’s questionnaire on the Blocking Statute (Anti-Boycott Regulation)
The European Commission hopes to receive a large number of responses to its questionnaire concerning the so-called Anti-Boycott Regulation. The questionnaire will be open until midnight on 4 November 2021 Finnish time.
Study: Geographical location and contact networks affect employment of women in developing countries
A recent study indicates that geographical location can play a major role in whether or not young women are employed. Education and contact networks support women in different ways in urban and rural areas.
New publication by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs: Finland benefits from supporting multilateral international cooperation
Strengthening multilateral cooperation is a key long-standing objective of Finland's foreign policy. A new publication of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, issued in August 2021, underscores Finland’s commitment to both multilateral international cooperation, the rules-based approach and international law. It also presents examples of Finland’s strengths and opportunities.
UN Conference in Helsinki seeks new solutions to the problems of the least developed countries
The world’s poorest countries are most severely affected by crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. This week, the UN LDC Future Forum will bring together leading scientists, policymakers and development practitioners in Helsinki to discuss new solutions for boosting global development.